According to recent reports, the New York Knicks are going to have to “beg and hope” for Carmelo Anthony to stay in New York after this season.
Stephen A. Smith said the #Knicks have to “hope and beg” ‘Melo stays in NY.
— Matthew Hochberg (@MatthewHochberg) January 25, 2014
And even then, it may not be enough.
According to Yahoo! Sports‘ Adrian Wojnarowski, a source close to Anthony said the reigning scoring champ is leaning closer to the Chicago Bulls than the Los Angeles Lakers as a possible destination. That is of course, assuming that Melo decides to decline a contract extension with the Knicks when he becomes a free agent after this season.
“Chicago is much more in play for him than L.A.,” the source said.
And while all these “reports” are swirling around, it’s not set in stone that Melo will in fact elect to leave New York. That’s what needs to be decided first. Technically, he hasn’t said he wants to leave. All he’s said is that he would like to “test free agency” and that he wants to retire in New York. Take that as you want.
Rumors are going to start swirling in the closer the offseason gets. Much like LeBron James in 2010, the only person that really knows what Carmelo Anthony is thinking is Carmelo Anthony. He probably doesn’t.
And even then, LeBron says he didn’t know his decision until he woke up that day. Maybe Melo doesn’t know what he wants to do himself.
Right now, this report means nothing. It’s January. We haven’t even gotten to the All-Star break yet. At this time in 2010, LeBron was “reportedly” headed toward New York. A lot can change between now and July.
Quite frankly, it probably will.